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Shutting down local government to save money, smart move?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don Carcieri proposed Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue.

The shutdown would force 81 percent of the roughly 13,550-member state work force, excluding its college system, to stay home a dozen days without pay before the start of the new fiscal year in July.

The closures come as the worst recession in decades has eliminated hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections and pushed unemployment to 12.7 percent, the second-highest jobless rate in the nation behind Michigan.

Carcieri predicted the state's fiscal future could grow even bleaker.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:11 AM on Aug. 25, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's a lot better than being laid off indefinitely I guess.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 12:18 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • Was thinking the same. Think it would work for MOST states?

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:19 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • It is about time someone does something like that.

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 12:19 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • I think it could be a good move as long as the employees had an advance notice so that they could prepare financially for it. At least it's in June so they can have a summer vacation instead of a January vacation!

    Answer by jennifermadi at 12:25 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • Why should the state workers pay the price for the state's fiscal irresponsiblity? Was that the ONLY way they could save money? I doubt it.

    Twelve days is basically half a month. Most state workers are your average middle class people. Pretty crappy that the folks in the middle once again pay the price for the irresponsiblity of the legislaters.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:31 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • I work for a private company. When our pt census drops we are mandated to stay home, without pay in order to meet budgetary guidelines. We each take a turn. When you work for the state, and the state has a deficit, the same rules should apply.

    Nobody ever said life was going to be fair and /or equitable.

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:41 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • I bellieve most state workers in CA are mandated 1 day a month for the next 6 months-

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:42 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • *believe*

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:43 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • Why do middle-class-families are the ones who have to bailout?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

  • Michigan is mandatory one day every other week.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:18 AM on Aug. 25, 2009

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